FOIE GRAS FRAIS DE CANARD WITH A
MOSCATO OR SAUTERNES JELLY
Cooking foie gras can be very rewarding. It does not need a lot of skill, but needs patience. Buy half a kilo of foie gras; must be pinkish in colour and firm to the touch with a slight spring to it. Do not buy it yellow and soft; means it contains much more fat than it should. Soak in room temperature water with some salt for a couple of hours, not much more, and certainly not overnight (you will get a mushy foie gras!). When you feel it is softer, you can easily separate the lobes. You can do this by running a small knife on the reverse side of each lobe to take the main nerve away.
Then, without going very deep try the edges, and wherever you feel there is a nerve, get it out. Once you have finished de-nerving, lay it flat, cut side up on a tray, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper, sprinkle with cognac, port and Madeira (a little!). If you have some truffle oil, (certainly not necessary) do that as well. Cover and leave over night.
Next day, take out of the fridge, let it rest for half an hour until half soft and take some cooking film- spread a big piece on a table, overhanging on your side. Place the foie gras (or half the quantity if you prefer) on the top, leaving enough film on the sides and on top to be able to roll it tightly into a Swiss roll. The diameter depends on how big you want the slice to be on the plate! Roll it extremely tight from the top; tie the sides and roll it again very tightly in foil. Leave in fridge overnight.